2010 Domaine Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain 1er Cru

Year: 2010
Appellation: Burgundy
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 91
Burghound: 90-92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$69.95
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"A haunting combination of creamy texture and bright structure sets the pace for floral, peach, apple and hazelnut flavors in this balanced white. Stays fresh, with the aftertaste honing in on orchard fruit, spice and mineral. Drink now through 2022. From France." (WS)

"The 2010 Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain is a gorgeous and complete wine. Layers of textured fruit wrap around the palate in what is a decidedly juicy style of Puligny. There isn't a ton of complexity in the glass, yet the wine impresses for its overall balance and sheer sense of harmony. The Champ Gain is one of the finest wines in this lineup, and arguably the best premier cru in the Domaine/Maison Olivier Leflaive range. Anticipated maturity: 2012+.

This is a solid set of wines from Olivier Leflaive's negociant operation." (WA)

"This is not quite as ripe as the Referts though it's close as the peach, apricot and floral aromas are very much in keeping with the succulent, rich, round and very generous flavors that possess good mid-palate volume as the dry extract really coats the palate. There is solid precision to the delicious and sneaky long finish. This really builds from the mid-palate and I like the overall sense of harmony." (BH)

Winery Notes:
The Leflaive family has resided in the village of Puligny Montrachet for centuries and it is now home to Maison Olivier Leflaive. With it's variety of 1er Crus and a shared portion of Grand Crus Le Montrachet, Bienvenue-Batard Montrachet and Batard Montrachet, the terroir of Puligny is second to none. Each year Leflaive produces close to a dozen unique cuvées from these world class Chardonnay vineyards.

Terroir:
1er Cru Champs Gains is a total of 26 acres of prime Chardonnay terroir located as it's name suggests at the top of the hillside where the fields meet the forest. It is located north of the Grand Crus above the village of Puligny and directly adjacent to 1er Cru Folatières and Sous la Garenne. Soils are a blend of clay chalky limestone.

Vinification:
Leflaive has been producing this cuvèe for over 10 years from a single plot in the heart of the vineyard. The wine undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in barrel and is aged for a total of 12 months in on its lees in 25% new oak. Following a gentle fining the wine is bottled and rests in the cellar for a short period prior to release.